In this article, I will explain what is keto diet in the simplest language, that’s why I’ve named it “Keto Diet Explained For Beginners”.
I know sometimes reading every piece of information online might seem overwhelming but I will explain it in the clearest form possible.
At the end of this article, you will be able to:
- know exactly what is a keto diet
- learn its benefits for your general health
- understand how to apply it for a quick weight loss
So, without further ado, let’s have a look into the simple meaning of the Keto Diet for beginners and how you can use it to lose weight fast.
What Exactly Is The Keto Diet?
The Keto Diet, short for Ketogenic Diet, is actually the trend in the health and weight loss world.
For a very long time, Keto has been linked to weight loss and for other health purposes as well.
Children suffering from epilepsy and who had a hard time responding to medication were often put on a Keto Diet to help control their seizures.
Basically, Keto Diet is a high fat and low carb eating lifestyle which has been adopted by many for quick weight loss.
A few years ago, I lost almost 20kgs with a moderate carb intake diet. You can read my weight loss journey here.
It really worked and I went from fat to thin but the problem was at a certain point, my body became used to it and I plateaued after losing 18.7kgs.
It’s true that I reached my desired weight but if I wanted to lose more weight, it would take much longer because my metabolism would find itself comfortable and would barely burn fat like I would want to.
I’m not saying that my weight loss didn’t work but I’m just saying it usually works perfectly for the first few months.
But after a few years, I took on a few pounds, and at the same time, I was learning keto.
I realized that if I had done keto, I would have lost my 18.7kgs excess fat in one month or two instead of 7 months with my weight loss program.
I started researching more about what was behind this keto thing and explained it to my sister who wanted to lose weight.
She started the keto and did it for 1 month and the results were unbelievable: she was down by 12kgs. She passed from 68kgs to 56kgs.
Does Keto Diet Really Work?
Keto Diet does work! My sister is a living testimony that keto works for weight loss.
There are various ways of losing weight and keto has been proven to be one of the best ways to lose weight fast and safely.
Keep in mind that you won’t starve while doing the keto diet.
It’s not only a fad dieting but also can enhance your general health. Studies have shown that the keto diet has many benefits for the body, which I will discuss later in this article.
The Ketosis State Explained
Ok, now we’ll get into the juicy stuff so you know how to apply it for a quick weight loss.
What I did to lose my 18.7kgs of excess fat was reducing my intake of carbs, especially and switching from high fat to low-fat foods such as milk, cheese etc…
But Keto Diet is exactly the opposite. With Keto, you will eat high-fat foods and also take a moderate amount of protein and a very low amount of carbs.
Why is that you ask?
Well, normally, our body’s primary source of energy is sugar. So, when you eat carbs, your body breaks the nutrients in the carbs and transforms this into glucose.
Your body, then, uses/burns this glucose for the various essential functions of the body.
Now let’s see all this at a ketogenic point of view.
When we reduce our intake of carbs drastically and increase our intake of fats in foods, the body will, therefore, look for its energy in those fats.
Due to the fact that the body’s main source is not glucose anymore, it will have no choice than to take the fats as its new source of energy.
Consequently, your metabolism will put itself in ketosis and starts to burn fats.
Ketosis is simply the state in which your body uses fats as a source of energy.
When you reach a ketosis state, your body starts burning stored fats instead of sugar to perform its daily essential functions.
Obviously, when your body burns the fats in the foods you’ve eaten, you start losing weight.
You should also be aware that your body does not enter the ketogenic state overnight.
It might take a few days for your body to understand and adapt itself to what you are trying to do.